It’s official. This will be the first year that fresh food will be growing and freely available to all in a public space in Carlisle. Today we finished planting the raised garden bed and it is filled with delicious fruits, vegetables and herbs. The fruit trees we planted earlier this spring are sprouting small fruit already including cherries, serviceberries, and a pear tree. The garden has strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, beans, onions, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, squash, kale, lettuce, swiss chard, cilantro, chives, dill, thyme and parsley.
This project has only been made possible by a crew of devoted volunteers. Our spring spruce up saw 100 people come together to clean up and green up the park and we planted our first fruit trees then. There were people from so many different groups that attended but they all had the same thing in common, they wanted to see some good happen in HP Park. The trees were donated by Earth NOW student group at Dickinson College. A few weeks later another Dickinson student group, Students for Sustainable Agriculture, came out and helped to build the raised garden bed. The Dickinson College Outing Club held 2 fundraisers this spring and raised $135.00 for the park so those funds will allow us to purchase gutters to be installed on the pavilion to catch rain. What will we use to catch the rain? Rain Barrels that were donated by Dickinson’s ALLARM (Alliance for Aquatic Resources Monitoring) will be installed at the north end of the pavilion.
We can’t say enough thank yous to the people who are supporting this project and making it really happen. The borough, parks and rec, the DCA and the redevelopment authority have all been so supportive and helpful in guiding us through this transformation.
Keep stopping into the park and check out how our garden is growing this summer!